Creating a mathematical colour picker
4 years ago
The most common technique for creating a colour picker (at least in the ActionScript world) seems to use a colour wheel bitmap and then getting the colour of the pixel that was clicked on. I found that this was not a very accurate way to go about it and decided to build a colour picker that gave colours based on calculations in a HSV cube – Hue on the Z axis, Saturation on X axis, and Value on the Y axis.
Of course a 3D cube colour picker would be pretty hard to use, so what we end up with is a vertical hue slider, then an area that determines the saturation and value like so: